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Minorities and Representation in American Politics


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Minority Politics

February 2016 | 448 pages | CQ Press
Minorities and Representation in American Politics is the first book of its kind to examine underrepresented minorities with a framework based on four types of representation—descriptive, formalistic, symbolic, and substantive. Through this lens, author Rebekah Herrick looks at race, ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities not in isolation but synthesized within every chapter. This enables readers to better recognize both the similarities and differences of groups’ underrepresentation. Herrick also applies her unique and constructive approach to intergroup cooperation and intersectionality, highlighting the impact that groups can have on one another. 
 
Chapter 1: Minorities and Representation
Who Are Minorities?: Race as a Category  
Who Are Minorities?: Ethnicity as a Category  
Who Are Minorities?: Gender and Sexual Minorities  
Representation  
Overview of the Book  
Conclusion: Similarities, Differences, and Intersectionality in Representation  
 
Chapter 2: Descriptive Representation and Minorities: Legislatures and Other Elective Offices
Levels of Descriptive Representation in Legislatures  
Levels of Descriptive Representation in Executive Positions  
What Affects Levels of Descriptive Representation?  
Descriptive Representation is Not Sufficient  
Conclusion: Similarities, Differences, and Intersectionality  
 
Chapter 3: Minorities and Formalistic Representation: Laws, Institutional Design, and Elections
Formal Representation and the Right to Vote  
Electoral Systems  
Institutional Design  
The Fourteenth Amendment  
Conclusion: Similarities, Differences, and Intersectionality  
 
Chapter 4: Policy Representation and Minorities in Legislatures
Key Minority Policy Interests  
Does Descriptive Representation Lead to Substantive Representation?  
What Affects Policy Representation?  
Initiative and Referenda Effects on Minority Interests  
Demonstration  
Casework/Constituency Services and Pork Barreling by Minority Legislators  
Conclusion: Similarities and Differences in Policy Representation  
 
Chapter 5: Minorities and Symbolic Representation
Measuring Minorities' Attitudes  
Levels of Symbolic Representation  
What Affects the Symbolic Representation of Minorities?  
Symbolic Legislation: Representing Minorities through Symbolic Actions  
Conclusion: Decreasing Gaps in Symbolic Representation  
 
Chapter 6: Minority Representation and the Judicial Branch
The Court Systems  
Descriptive Representation: The Numbers Game  
What Affects Descriptive Representation in the Judicial Branch?  
Descriptive and Substantive Representation on the Courts  
Key Court Cases  
Conclusion: Improving Descriptive Representation but Mixed Record of Courts’ Protection of Minorities  
 
Chapter 7: Representative Bureaucracy
The Influence of Bureaucrats on Policy  
Level of Passive Representation  
What Affects Passive Representation?  
The Effects of Passive Representation on Active Representation  
Conclusion: Similarities and Differences in Minority Representation in the Bureaucracy  
 
Chapter 8: Public Opinion and Minority Interests
Attitudes Toward Racial and Ethnic Minorities  
Attitudes Toward Women  
Attitudes Toward LGBT Persons  
Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action  
Attitudes Toward LGBT Issues  
Attitudes Toward Abortion  
Attitudes Toward Immigration  
Social Desirability Biases in Surveys  
Influences on Americans' Attitudes Toward Minority Interests  
Conclusion: Varied but Increasing Acceptance of Minorities and Their Issues  
 
Chapter 9: Minority Groups and Political Resources
Size and Distribution of Minority Populations  
The Voting Eligibility of American Minorities  
The Socioeconomic Status of Minorities  
The Civic Engagement of Minorities  
Conclusion: Variation among Groups in Their Resources  
 
Chapter 10: Acculturation, Group Consciousness, and Cohesion among Individuals with Shared Minority Status
Acculturation: The Extent to Which Minorities Are Part of the Dominant Culture  
Group Consciousness: The Extent to Which Minorities See Group Status as Politically Important  
Group Cohesion: Level of Shared Beliefs, Values, and Attitudes among Individual Minorities  
Variation by Nationality  
Effects of Acculturation and Group Consciousness on Voting Cohesion  
Conclusion: Similarities, Differences, and Intersectionality among Minority Individuals  
 
Chapter 11: Minorities and Political Participation
The Vote  
Other Forms of Political Participation  
Explaining Political Participation  
The Impact of the Minority Vote  
Efforts to Reach Minority Voters  
Conclusion: Increased Participation and Power but Differences Remain among Groups  
 
Chapter 12: Minority Movements and Interest Groups
The Civil Rights Movement  
The Chicano Movement  
The American Indian Movement  
The Asian American Movement  
Women's Movements  
The LGBT Movement  
Social Movement Theories  
Interest Groups  
Conclusion: Much Change since the 1950s  
 
Chapter 13: Multiminority Coalitions and the Future of Minority Representation
Multiminority Coalitions  
Views of the Masses  
Coalitions among Elites  
The Future: Trends in Representation  
Minorities of the Future (Past and Present)  
Final Thoughts: Should Minorities Be Lumped Together or Split into Different Groups?  

Minorities and Representation in American Politics is the most comprehensive treatment of minorities in politics that I have ever read. Herrick is able to cover multiple minority groups and does it in a fashion that does not neglect any of the relevant points that need to be addressed in a book of this kind. The scope of the text is sweeping, and it has no rival on the market.”

Brian Frederick
Bridgewater State University

Minorities and Representation in American Politics comprehensively integrates discussion of race, gender, ethnicity, and intersectionality. In doing so, it facilitates the comparison and contrast of experiences of minority statuses far more effectively than other textbooks. The representational lens through which the text explores minorities in politics nicely ties together the different groups and themes, and Herrick does a great job of introducing relevant empirical research from inside and outside of political science.”

Ewa Golebiowska
Wayne State University

“Rebekah Herrick is able to highlight many interesting facets of the minority experience without overwhelming the reader. It is hard for me to believe that there is any other book out there that provides such a detailed, thoughtful analysis as Minorities and Representation in American Politics.”

Eduardo Magalães
Simpson College

“Herrick’s text provides a comprehensive examination of the distinctive minority groups within the U.S. political system and brilliantly navigates the intersectionality of gender and race/ethnicity with representation. While the book addresses many fundamental topics of minorities and covers a wide spectrum of the political institutions and behavioral aspects of representation in the United States, it also captures much of the recent scholarly debate and research in a way that remains accessible to the undergraduate.”

Karen Owen
Reinhardt University

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